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This week marks the start of the glamorous and rigorous, star-studded and sometimes controversial Cannes Film Festival. Many filmmakers consider the Palme d’Or, Cannes’ top prize, the highest honor a director can receive. With such stiff international competition each year, it’s rare to receive the honor more than once; in fact, in seven decades of the festival, only nine skilled filmmakers have won the prize twice. This video gives us the winning directors, their country of origin, and the years they won, including Francis Ford Coppola—once a darling of Cannes, and the only American on this list. Who knows? Maybe this very select group will grow in size this year. Perhaps Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who won the 2014 Palme d'Or for Winter Sleep, will win again this year for The Wild Pear Tree.

Watch work featuring other directors with the “magic touch” on Fandor: “On Directing” featuring Bille August, “The Son of Joseph,” produced by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and Ken Loach in “Great Directors.”